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MERIS Ocean Color processing at NOAA CoastWatch

Linda Stathoplos(1), Phillip Keegstra(2), Sathyadev Ramachandran(2), Paul DiGiacomo(2), Kent Hughes(2), Ramesh Sinha(2), Richard Stumpf(3) and Joaquin Trinanes(4)

(1) NOAA/NESDIS/OSDPD, NOAA Science Center(WWB), Camp Springs MD 20746, United States
(2) NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, NOAA Science Center(WWB), Camp Springs MD 20746, United States
(3) NOAA/NOS, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
(4) University of Santiago de Compostela, C/Constantino Candeira, s/n, 15706 Santiago de Compostela, Spain


NOS/NOAA routinely generates Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) bulletins for the Gulf of Mexico and Florida basin in the Southeast US coastal waters using ocean color products from SeaWiFS (when available) and MODIS/Aqua. To mitigate the risk of losing the current sensors from retirement or failure, the NOAA CoastWatch program has been processing reduced resolution data from MERIS for US coastal waters. MERIS ocean color products will soon be used to create chlorophyll anomaly products for the HAB program primarily for US coastal waters. We describe this effort at NOAA and results from comparing MERIS with MODIS/Aqua for chlorophyll and anomaly products created for the Gulf of Mexico and Florida basin.


Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry